Decorated in keeping with the Victorian building it lives in, Idle Hands is a bar that feels like it’s been there for decades. With regular live jazz and swing and a red piano welcome for all to use, come down for craft beer, amazing spirits and a tinkle on the piano under the watchful eyes of our resident ram’s head. 

Located in an old Victorian period building, Idle Hands is a quirky craft pub for people of all walks of life. Reminiscent of the days when bars were purveyors of artisan spirits and wines, it has a strong ethos of handpicking the best of these, with an ever-changing array of fine wines and spirits from around the globe. 


With 10 taps dedicated to craft beer that rotate regularly, Idle Hands showcases some of the best of British brewing. The passionate chefs from Wolfsmouth combine ingredients from different cultures and wrap them together in their signature Cuban style CUBsandwich, satisfying the hungriest of beer soaked appetites. 


Bar Manager Lee Standen is known locally as a believer in pubs that work with people at the core of the business. He has managed some of Brighton’s most cherished bars and is an expert in craft spirits, with an astounding knowledge of all things bourbon. He is passionate about every aspect of the business and instils this knowledge in his staff to provide the best service they can.